Anywhere from 104 to 120 wolves will be killed in the first year under the weakened 10(j) rule.
The current version of the 10(j) rule reduces the burden of proof on wildlife managers so they don’t have to demonstrate that wolves are THE MAJOR cause of elk declines.
Wildlife Services is also seeking permission to kill an additional 26 packs of wolves in Idaho. This could amount to killing 200+ wolves.
Presently there are an estimated 824 wolves in Idaho and agencies seek to kill as many as 300 wolves overall.
The Idaho Fish and Game study to justify killing wolves in the Lolo area is yet to be released to the public.
Idaho looks to remove wolves